Sufism in India

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Sufism

The sufi saints started a movement -preaching religious tolerance, brotherhood and oneness of God. The main doctrines of Sufism were:
i) Fundamental unity of all religions.
ii) The way to reach God was personal devotion and not through empty rituals.
iii) Inner purity and self-discipline are necessary for gaining the knowledge of God.
iv) Equality and brotherhood of all human beings.

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Impact of Sufism

1. It fostered the feelings of Hindu-Muslim unity.
2. Sufism played a great role in promoting feelings of tolerance among rulers.
3. People, irrespective of their religion, began to understand and appreciate other's faith.

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Hazrat Nizamuddin, the famous sufi saint

His key beliefs included the following:
1. Renunciation and complete trust in God.
2. The unity of mankind and shunning distinctions based on social, economic and religious status.
3. Helping the needy, feeding the hungry and being sympathetic to the oppressed.
4. Strong disapproval of mixing with the Sultans, the princes and nobles.